On October 3, a delegation from the University of Latvia was visiting Greece for the launch event of a joint mentor training program developed by the Young Ordinary and Disabled Sports Athletes’ MENTORS (YODA MENTORS) project. The purpose of the meeting was to meet prospective dual sports career mentors as well as give guidance on the future of the training program.
The curriculum is developed within Erasmus + Sport. It aims to prepare professional mentors who will be ready to provide advice and support to athletes throughout their sports careers, from high school through to higher education.
Under the program, mentors from Latvia will provide support to both Latvian and foreign athletes, as well as Latvian athletes will have the opportunity to collaborate with experienced mentors from Latvia, Lithuania, Spain, Italy, Portugal and Greece. The dual sports career in Latvia is still at an early stage, so the project is expected to contribute to the development of the dual sports career at the University of Latvia – to support athletes who have opted for higher education alongside their professional sports career.
The next project international meeting will take place in January 2020 in Riga. EAS is represented within the YODA project by board member Dr. Ilvis Abelkalns.
YODA Mentor is an Erasmus + Sport project funded by the European Commission (see 603092-EPP-1-2018-1-IT-SPO-SCP).